By Jackson Barnes
Last weekend the football team’s high-powered, electric offense put up 56 points against Anderson, and sealed the Grizzlies first victory of the season.
The previous two weeks, Franklin fell short in a season opener loss to Illinois Wesleyan University and again when the team traveled to Butler for the first evening game of the season the following week.
“I’m very proud of this team,” Head Coach Mike Leonard said in the huddle after the victory. “I see a lot of positives and I’m excited to see what this team can do.”
There has been a dramatic improvement of play since the first game of the season.
“We have to be more precise on our blocking and route running,” sophomore starting split end, Darrell Crenshaw said. “We have to hold onto the ball and limit our turnovers.”
In the first two games, Franklin turned the ball over a total of 12 times on fumbles and interceptions. In the Anderson game, they didn’t give the ball up once.
“If we protect the ball and play Franklin football, I have confidence that well be alright,” Crenshaw said.
Junior linebacker Austin Day said he is excited for this upcoming game against Bluffton.
“We have to continue to pursue the ball and play with high energy,” Day said.
“Playing consistent is key,” junior defensive end Devante Ash said. “We have to continue to fly around and make plays, and just continue to give it our all. I cannot wait to take the field Saturday”
Franklin’s offense will be hard to stop with the power of junior and running back Ty’Ronte Files, who led the team against Anderson with 94 rushing yards.
Saturday the team travels to Bluffton University to take on the Beavers. Kickoff time is 1:30 p.m.